Dennis W. Elsenbeck MEng, MBA
Viridi Parente/Green Machine/Volta Energy
Dennis Elsenbeck is President of Viridi Parente, a battery storage Company located in Buffalo, NY. He oversees the strategic direction of Viridi Parente’s flexible battery storage system within the mobile electric vehicle space (Green Machine), mainly focused on off-road and construction equipment to date, as well as, the distributed energy storage system space (Volta Energy), mainly focused on point of use storage. Dennis represents Viridi Parente’s drive to highlight the critical need to focus battery storage solutions, mobile and stationery at the point of demand, to ensure utility system efficiency in order to provide direct consumer benefit while minimizing electric infrastructure investment and over building supply as the State, Nation and World travels down the path of de-carbonization. Dennis also provides energy consulting for Phillips Lytle’s Energy Consulting Services Group where he assists Clients in positioning products and services in a rapidly changing energy industry. He has nearly 30 years in leadership roles for a major Upstate NY utility with an inherent focus on engaging consumers, market participants, business organizations, community groups and economic development agencies in sharing their voice in developing more of a market driven approach to energy policy. Dennis believes in holistic energy solutions that balance economic and environmental sustainability through creative interpretation of progressive integrated resource planning that considers supply, demand and delivery from the perspective of what each are intended to solve for on a project to project basis. He has authored a strategic energy plan involving micro grids and emerging technologies as solutions within rust belt neighborhoods, as well as, a paper titled “How COVID-19 Crisis Response Informs Next Steps for Climate Mitigation”; all of which defines the need to develop NY and US based energy supply chains as a means to place the future of energy economics and climate related innovation in the hands of local businesses. Dennis sits on the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation Board, the University at Buffalo’s School of Engineering’s Dean Council, is Board Chair for the Northland Workforce Training Center, amongst other community based organizations and is a Member of New York’s Climate Action Council charged with developing the Scoping Document for New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). Dennis holds a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering Technology, a Masters in Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration and is a veteran of the US Navy.